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Guidance on referrals to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust offer NICE recommended treatments for people over the age of 18 years experiencing common mental health problems.

The IAPT Service provides a stepped care model ensuring patients receive the least intensive treatment in order to promote a reliable improvement. The IAPT Service is not suitable for people assessed with significant risks. The service is suitable for patients where the likelihood of acting out is very low and the impact would be minor, not requiring medical intervention. Examples include patients who have suicidal ideation but with no plans or intent, patients who may superficially cut or scratch but not requiring medical intervention. With regards to safeguarding issues the patients illness would, if at all, only impact very mildly on the safety or wellbeing of others.

Referrals Appropriate to Service Include

  • Mild to moderate depression.
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Mild to Moderate Eating Disorder excluding Anorexia Nervosa
  • Adjustment Disorder

RDASH IAPT do not accept referrals for patients whose primary issues are:-

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Obvious signs of psychosis
  • Substance Misuse (unless stable or on a treatment regime)
  • Organic Disorders of the Brain

If in doubt regarding appropriateness of referral please discuss with IAPT Team Manager or Clinical Lead.